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EPL Week 16 Review: The Good, Bad and Ugly

  • EPL Week 16 Review: The Good, Bad and Ugly
  • EPL Week 16 Review: The Good, Bad and Ugly
  • EPL Week 16 Review: The Good, Bad and Ugly
  • EPL Week 16 Review: The Good, Bad and Ugly

A hectic weekend of football saw Leicester City reclaim top spot on the English Premier League table after beating Chelsea 2-1 in the last game of the round. The Foxes are now two points clear of Arsenal, who were temporarily top of the league after beating Aston Villa 2-0.  However the loss to Leicester was a very bad one for Chelsea. Mourinho's men now slip to 16th, just one point ahead of Norwich who is in 18th position. 

Elsewhere, Liverpool and Tottenham both missed a opportunity to really close ground on Manchester United. After the Red Devils went down 2-1 to Bournemouth Spurs lost to Newcastle, while Liverpool could only manage a draw at home with West Brom.

Here is the Good, Bad and Ugly for the weekend:

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Good.

Watford.

While Norwich and Bournemouth are currently scrapping for points at the bottom end of the table, fellow promoted team Watford are performing well above expectations.

The Hornets, who won promotion by finishing second in the 2014/15 Championship season, have won five of their last seven matches and currently sit in 7th place - just four points off Manchester United in fourth. Their recent 1-0 victory over Sunderland was nothing spectacular, but shows that they should have the necessary quality to avoid relegation this season.

Watford's campaign has been spearheaded by Odion Ighalo, with the striker scoring ten EPL goals; making him the fourth highest scorer in the league. Meanwhile Quique Sanchez Flores, who has experienced success as manager of Atletico Madrid, is proving to be a shrewd appointment by the Watford board.

While the season still has a long way to go Watford are looking good to comfortably avoid relegation and establish themselves as a solid Premier League team.

Bad.

Tottenham.

After Manchester United failed to beat Bournemouth it afforded Tottenham the opportunity to climb into the top four. All Spurs had to do was beat relegation threatened Newcastle United at home, but a bad performance saw them lose their first home game of the season. 

After taking the lead from an Eric Dier header it appeared a mere formality that Spurs would collect all three points. However a dogged Newcastle refused to be beaten and fought on, eventually drawing level from a scrappy goal. Tottenham switched off late in the game and a goalkeeping error from the usually excellent Hugo Lloris handed the Magpies a valuable three points.

It was Tottenham's first loss since the opening day of the season and has come at the worst possible time. The failure to capitalise on the opportunity that was presented to them is typical of Tottenham, and something many thought Mauricio Pochettino had eradicated in his time at White Hart Lane.

It was a bad weekend for Spurs will want to bounce back strongly against Pochettino's former team Southampton next weekend. 

Check out the video below to see the reaction from a Tottenham fan:

Ugly.

Manchester United.

Injuries, poor form and discontent from the fans. It has been a very ugly few days for Manchester United.

The Red Devils exited the Champions League during the week after losing 3-2 to Wolfsburg. The inability to qualify from a manageable group was compounded as both Matteo Darmian and Chris Smalling picked up injuries. The two joined a long list of teammates on the sidelines which meant United fielded a very inexperienced back four against Bournemouth this weekend.

A goal scored directly from a corner by Junior Stanislas gave the Cherries an early lead, and although United pegged it back through Marouane Fellaini, a second-half strike by Joshua King gave Bournemouth a memorable three points.

Despite the loss United somehow managed to maintain their top four status. Yet even that was not enough to deter fans taking to social media and voice their displeasure. Having won just three of their last twelve matches it may be only a matter of time before Louis van Gaal is shown the exit door at Old Trafford.


 

   

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